Shining a Light on Women in Solar and Sustainability, and STEM: Celebrating International Women’s Month

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Better Earth

March is a month dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women worldwide. In honor of International Women’s Month, we want to take a moment to recognize the inspiring women who are making strides in the fields of solar, sustainability, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). These women are not only breaking barriers in male-dominated industries but are also leading the charge in creating a more sustainable and equitable future for all!

Despite the progress made over the years, there is still a significant gender gap in these industries. However, women continue to defy the odds and prove their worth through their contributions to research, innovation, and leadership. From creating new solar technologies to implementing sustainable practices in businesses, women are at the forefront of shaping our future for the better! 

In this blog, we will highlight the stories of some of the most inspiring women in solar, sustainability, and STEM. Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the incredible work of these women who are paving the way for a better world!

Dr. Mária Telkes

Dr. Mária Telkes, a Hungarian-American scientist, was a true pioneer in the field of solar energy. Her groundbreaking work in thermal energy storage has cemented her legacy as the “mother of solar energy.”

Dr. Telkes’ groundbreaking work in solar energy paved the way for modern solar technologies, and her legacy continues to inspire scientists and engineers today. She was a true trailblazer, breaking down barriers and opening doors for future generations of women in science and engineering. Her work serves as a testament to the power of innovation and the potential for science to create a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

Hazel O’Leary

Hazel R. O’Leary is a prominent American lawyer and politician who served as the United States Secretary of Energy from 1993 to 1997. As Secretary of Energy, she played a critical role in transforming the US energy industry and advocating for consumer rights. O’Leary was known for representing the concerns of consumers who challenged the influence of large energy producers. She worked to shift resources towards renewable energy sources and increase energy efficiency.

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson is an American environmental leader and policy expert who currently serves as the Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives at Apple Inc. In this role, she oversees the company’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment and promote sustainable business practices. She played a key role in establishing fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks and limiting carbon pollution from power plants. Under Jackson’s guidance, Apple has made significant progress in reducing its environmental impact. 

Before working with Apple, Jackson worked towards environmentalism and sustainability as administrator to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2009 to 2013. During her time as EPA Administrator, she focused on developing stricter fuel efficiency standards, authorized the recognition of carbon dioxide as a public health threat, and worked to set stricter smog pollution limits. 

Sarah Kurtz

Sarah Kurtz is an American engineer who has made significant contributions to the field of photovoltaic (PV) technology. She is a leading expert in solar energy and has been instrumental in improving the efficiency and reliability of solar cells. Kurtz’s work has helped to make solar energy a more viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional energy sources. Her research has contributed to the development of more efficient and reliable solar cells, which are now being used in a wide range of applications, from small-scale residential installations to large-scale utility projects.

Kristen Nicole

Despite progress over the years, women are still underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field compared to men. However, Kristen Nicole is taking action to address this issue by working to increase the number of women in STEM and create a more inclusive workplace for all. Through her organization, WISE (Women in Solar Energy), Kristen has established a networking center that offers a range of services to support women in the field. Through this organization, she is able to advocate for justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion by providing technical careers for women in solar.


As we celebrate International Women’s Month, it is important to shine a light on women who are making a significant impact in the fields of solar and sustainability, as well as STEM. From scientists to engineers to entrepreneurs, women are making valuable contributions to the industry, driving innovation and sustainability forward.

Despite the progress that has been made, there is still a long way to go in terms of achieving gender equality in these fields. It is crucial that we continue to support and encourage women who are pursuing careers in solar and sustainability, as well as STEM, and create more opportunities for success.

Through collaboration and dedication, we can work towards a future where women are equally represented and valued in all industries, and where sustainability is at the forefront of our efforts. Let us celebrate the achievements of women in solar and sustainability this International Women’s Month, and continue to strive towards a more equitable and sustainable future for all.